Appeal for Korean War Artefacts
The Memorial Hall in Pusan Cemetery in Korea are asking for artefacts relating to the Korean War from all nations who took part in the conflict.
Mr Alan Guy MBE, Korean Liaison Officer of the BKVA has been asked to appeal to veterans and their families for anything that can be donated. Typical items would be weaponry, items of uniform, medals or replica medals, photographs or copies of photos, letters to home, cap badges, shoulder flashes, Christmas menus, shell cases, propaganda leaflets etc. please ask yourselves what will happen to your own artefacts after you have gone?
If you can help in any way, please contact
Mr Guy at 28 Foxlake Road, Byfleet,
Surrey KT14 7PW.
All donations will be acknowledged
Memoir of a Korean War PoW
by Ron Miller
Ron Miller, who was a prisoner of war during Korea, has put pen to paper and produced a very personal account of his time in the Regiment from 1951–1953.
Copies are £5 each and all proceeds go towards Combat Stress. To get a copy, please see Ron at the next reunion.
Cargoes & Capers
by Johnny Ringwood
Reunion regular Johnny Ringwood has had his long awaited memoirs published.
Cargoes & Capers tells the story of his life from the East End to the Merchant Navy, Royal Fusiliers and a career in London's docks. A frank and honest account of his remarkable life. Available on Amazon at £5.99. Also in Kindle format. Click here.
Depot RF rifle shooting team 1955
New member Peter Harris, who now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, sent in this fine photograph from 1955. He writes that the names are: Back row: Sgt Jones RAEC, Fus Bird, Capt Marriott, Sgt Hooper and CSM Hopton
Front row: Fus (later Cpl) Springle but the next two we are struggling for names. Do you know? If so, get in touch!
Click on the photo to enlarge.
Our Association President, Col. Mike Dudding, has also published a book. Challenge in Chitral is the remarkable story of the relief of the Chitral garrison in 1895.
The book sets out the background to the events in Chitral, the stories of the two relieving forces and the subsequent political ramifications in London and Calcutta.
Challenge in Chitral
by Col. Michael Dudding
The book can be purchased from the author for £13.50 (incl p&p). Michael Dudding, 153 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8HE or you can email: mjd451.com
Cheques made payable to "Michael Dudding".
Contact Michael for bank transfer details if you prefer to pay that way. Click here to download order form.
A ceremony was held in Holborn on the July anniversary of the ending of the Korean War, 64 years ago.
Mike Mogridge's daughter kindly supplied the photos.
The service was conducted by David Ingall, Priest-in-Charge. Joe Hill salutes after laying a wreath, with Peter Galloway and Richard Stew as Standard bearers while Mike Mogridge took charge of the bugle.
Eastenders - pulling no punches
They quickly found that they had other things in common. John said " We had a chat for a while and we found out that we both had something in common, Ray said his dad had a stall in Rathbone Market, which is Canning Town, and my dad had a jellied eel stall outside the Raglan pub which was in Plaistow. Ray's a lovely fella".
The piece was about how important it is to stay fit, whatever your age.
John, who turned 80 this year, is a regular at Central Park Leisure Centre in Harold Hill, pushing himself to the limit three times a week. John says " I tell people, when they reach a certain age, it's gold age, not old age!".
His trainer said "John is in incredible shape, and looks unreal for his age. Staying fit is vital for your health – life is too short to just sit back. It's never too late to start."
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